We can provide treatment and support if you have any of these conditions:

  • congenital and genetic disorders e.g. polycystic kidney disease
  • kidney failure
  • kidney transplant
  • metabolic disorders e.g. cystinuria
  • recurrent kidney infections
  • renal anaemia

We can also help you with:

  • investigating potential kidney donors
  • planning for dialysis and transplants
  • pregnancy care for renal patients

If you’re referred to us, we’ll invite you in for an assessment. During your appointment we’ll ask you a few questions about your medical history and you may have to do some tests. These could be:

  • blood and urine tests
  • a kidney scan
  • a kidney biopsy

Depending on your results, we’ll discuss your options with you in detail and decide on the best treatment. We also have a renal dietitian who can give you advice on what to eat and any supplements you should take.

If your kidneys aren’t working properly, you may need a procedure called dialysis. There are 2 types of dialysis:

  • haemodialysis
  • peritoneal dialysis

We have a Home Therapies Team who can support you with peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis at home. We also offer haemodialysis at the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital.

If you need a transplant, you’ll have your surgery at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. All our other kidney services happen here in north Cumbria.

We have outpatient clinics in Penrith, Cockermouth, Carlisle and Whitehaven.


Renal Department
Cumberland Infirmary
01228 814772

Haemodialysis Unit
01228 814784


Renal Department
West Cumberland Hospital
01946 523283

Haemodialysis Unit
01946 523367


Chronic Kidney Disease Nurses
Carlisle: 01228 814726
Whitehaven: 01946 523165


Home Therapies Team
Carlisle: 01228 814785
Whitehaven: 01946 523157